Posts tagged ‘eco-friendly’

September 8, 2009

A revolution in window design and technology

 

Immagine a window without frame and still to be able to open it, tilt it and slide it. These are Josko windows, a true revolution in windows. The windows are available in heights from floor to floor and suitable for low-energy and passive houses. The range also includes a screwless windowsill and integrated ventilation of the glass panels as well as integrated drainage. see more at josko

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September 1, 2009

Winners of d3 Natural Systems Competition 2009 Announced

Kinugasa-Tsui and Lorene Faure “Urban Agriculture: Hybridized Farm Bridge as City Garden”

Winner: Kinugasa-Tsui and Lorene Faure “Urban Agriculture: Hybridized Farm Bridge as City Garden”

New York-based d3 just announced the winners of the Natural Systems competition for 2009. The program, developed by co-directors Gregory Marinic and Mary-Jo Schlachter, promotes investigation of natural systems from microscopic to universal toward determining new architectonic strategies. The competition invited architects, designers, engineers, and students to collectively explore the potential for analyzing, documenting, and deploying nature-based, sustainable influences in urbanism, architecture, interiors, and designed objects.
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May 18, 2009

Brininstool + Lynch Coffou cottage

exterior showing wood trellis

interior view of coffou cottage

interior view of coffou cottage

“To gain a sense of rural privacy, the owners were looking to experience pastoral views of nature and foliage, more than lake views, in searching for their vacation property. They were fortunate to find the land that fit their aesthetic aspirations and wanted a home that would similarly match their concepts for living.
The cottage was designed with a simple structure, a horizontal wood rain screen of cedar to privatize the entry sequence on the North, and a wall of operable glass on the South. The open plan of the kitchen, dining, living area and porch as one room intensifies the views to meadow and woods to the South and maximizes the solar gain in the winter. Radiant heat in the ground concrete floors is enhanced by passive solar gain, and runs throughout the three-bedroom cottage. The arrangement of the rooms and glass are to maximize views of the outdoor environment, while providing the most energy efficient operation.”
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front view - the wood side

front view - the wood side

coffou house garden view

coffou house garden view

see more at Brininstool + Lynch site

March 28, 2009

Finne Architects – nature`s elegance

House in Semiahmoo, Washington

House in Semiahmoo, Washington

The architecture studio Finne Architects has an established style, all their own, deeply rooted in the craftsmanship of carpentry and largely influenced by the great modernist, Frank Lloyd Wright. Strangely enough, their buildings bear witness to how a specific architectural signature evolves by following one`s own style and attitudes.

Finne architects` houses are highly specific, beautiful works of art and each is unique. Their uniqueness is derived from an interactive relationship with the natural surroundings. A perfect example of really good architecture should be placed in the nature.

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House in North Cascade - side view

House in North Cascade - side view No 2

House in North Cascade - side view No 2

House in North Cascade - front porch

House in North Cascade - front porch

January 9, 2009

Some like it raw – Brent Comber

brent comber obakki shop interior

brent comber obakki shop interior

Brent Comber is well known for his shattered tables and stools made of solid wood. His work relies heavy on the beauty of nature and natural objects, and is eco-friendly at the same time – using pieces of wood that wolud otherwise be descarded.
Now, at showrom of Obakki, a canadian store that showcases local designs, Brent Comber has made the largest ever design piece from shattered wood.
See other beautifull spaces with Brent Comber`s art/pieces at his site

detail and view of counter, obakki

detail and view of counter, obakki

detail of shop display piece, obakki

detail of shop display piece, obakki

December 17, 2008

mathieu lehanneur

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belair - clean air at your home, courtesy of NASA technologies

As young french designers go, Mathieu is really worth checking out: his inventive “Bel Air” (above) is a NASA technology piece for home use – based on some sorts of plants that are proven to absorb toxic substances from air.  Also useful to remind us how polluted our immediate invironment is – each peace of new furniture and accesories brings more pollutants to our home. May well be used for topic of converastion 🙂

But new from Mathieu is the “Labo Brain” – surrounding that enhances our cognitive capabilites and stimulates our brain (!?)

labo brain - plants digest CO2 and emit O2 for more productive thinking

labo brain – plants digest CO2 and emit O2 for more productive thinking

December 14, 2008

Inventive or clever?

camelia washing liquid, by MUJI award 03

camelia washing liquid, by MUJI award 03

Have you seen the results of the third MUJI competition?

I think my favourite is the “cameila washing-up liquid”  by Huang Yi Tang. This clever taiwanese has remembered what was used in past for washing the dishes – a powder-like residue from making camelia oil, which has antimicrobial and oil absorbing capabilites.

Now, this age old taiwanese invention has been translated into new context, thanks to MUJI, the world famous brand with talents like Naoto Fukasawa and Jasper Morrison, this time in the role of judges at the MUJI award 03 competition.

See other winners at MUJI award 03 site or read on for a resume of awarded works.

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